Employment Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

TAs pay approximately $11,500 annually and we prioritize graduate students for these positions—Masters students have two years of priority for placement; Doctoral students have four years of priority placement. The number of available positions is contingent on Faculty budget and overall student numbers.

Positions available

  • Cultural Studies 100 & 200 Level Courses
  • English 100 & 200 Level Courses
  • Creative Writing 100 & 200 Level Courses
  • Interdisciplinary Performance 100 & 200 Level Courses
  • Visual Arts 100 & 200 Level Courses
  • Art History 100 & 200 Level Courses
  •  Media Studies 100 & 200 Level Courses

GTA duties include the following:

  • Marking assignments and exams
  • Managing discussion periods
  • Teaching tutorials and/or lectures under supervision of faculty
  • Invigilation duties
  • Academic assistance to students in office hours
  • Estimated hours of work per term: 192

Eligibility:

  • Must be a registered full-time student in a Master’s or PhD program at UBC Okanagan
  • Must possess necessary educational qualifications
  • Priority is given to graduate students in FCCS

Salary:

  • GTA I – $34.72 per hour
  • GTA II – $33.44 per hour

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for TA positions.


Graduate Marker

Eligibility:

  • Must be registered full-time in a Master’s or PhD program at UBC Okanagan
  • Must possess necessary educational qualifications
  • Priority is given to graduate students in FCCS

Positions available:

  • There are no positions at this time

Markers are paid $17.32 per hour.

Marker duties may include the following:

  • Attending lectures
  • Marking exams, tests or assignments which require only objective marking
  • Provide feedback to students as needed during a weekly office hour

Estimated hours of work:  6-12 per week

The number of available positions is contingent on Faculty budget and overall student numbers.

Application deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time. 

The apply for marker positions, applicants are required to submit cover letter, statement of relevant experience and unofficial transcript as one pdf document.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships

Undergraduate TAs are paid $17.07 per hour. To be eligible for a UTA position, students must be registered in a bachelor degree and enrolled full-time studies (minimum 24 credits) at UBCO. Preference is given to students who are majoring in an FCCS program.

UTA duties may include the following:

  • Assist and supervise students during writing labs
  • Assist with marking quizzes
  • Attend selected class sessions
  • Attend meetings with the instructor
  • Invigilation duties during in-class and final exams
  • Assist students using Canvas
  • Meet with students during weekly office hours
  • Communicate with students through email
  • Assist with photocopying exams and other instructional materials, and in the preparation of study materials
  • Engage in professional development activities
  • Estimated hours of work: maximum 12 hours per week depending on workload.

Eligibility:

  • Must be registered in a bachelor’s program at UBC Okanagan
  • Must possess the necessary educational qualifications
  • Preference is given to students who have a major in an FCCS program

Positions available:

  • We are not accepting applications at this time.

Salary:

  • $17.82 per hour

The number of available positions is contingent on Faculty budget and overall student numbers.

Application deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time


Undergraduate Marker

Undergraduate Markers are paid $16.52 per hour. To be eligible for a Marker position, students must be registered in a bachelor’s program at UBC Okanagan and posses the necessary educational qualifications.

Marker duties may include the following:

  • Marking assignments and exams
  • Helping facilitate discussions
  • Academic assistance to students in office hours
  • Assisting with the online learning environment.
  • Communicate with students through email.
  • ** MUST have basic knowledge the Internet, Word, Power Point, PDF documents, Canvas, etc.

Estimated hours of work:  6-12 per week

The number of available positions is contingent on Faculty budget and overall student numbers.

Application deadline: We are not accepting applications at this time. 

The apply for marker positions, applicants are required to submit cover letter, statement of relevant experience and unofficial transcript as one pdf document to: fccs.ubco@ubc.ca.

Graduate Research Assistantships

RAs are employment opportunities for qualified students offered by faculty members with research grants and contracts. As a paid research assistant, graduate students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis or dissertation. RAs are not guaranteed because they follow the financial cycles of the supervisor’s external grants and contracts.

Environmental Humanities Project

Dr. Greg Garrard will fund up to three graduate students interested in Environmental Humanities research, to support his SSHRC funded project, Kelownafornia: Cultures of Nature in the Okanagan Valley.

Please read the information below, and then email greg.garrard@ubc.ca to learn more about the project, and discuss possible applications. Completed applications for UBC Okanagan graduate programs must be submitted online by January 14th, 2022.

Interested master’s students should apply to EITHER the MA in English in Literature and Place (literary studies applicants only) OR MA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS), Sustainability theme (applicants from other disciplines). Prospective doctoral students should apply to the IGS Sustainability theme.

See below for more details on the project and to learn more about Dr. Greg Garrard.

Masters Student Position

Applicants should have a First Class degree or equivalent. Students from non-Anglophone countries should have an average IELTS score of 7.5 for MA applications.  Successful applicants will be guaranteed minimum funding of CAD20000/year (MA, 2 years).

Doctoral Student Position

Applicants should have a First Class degree or equivalent. Students from non-Anglophone countries should have an average IELTS score of 8 for PhD applications. Successful doctoral applicants will be guaranteed minimum funding CAD25000/year (PhD, 4 years) from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and other sources. Eligible international doctoral students will receive a partial tuition scholarship to equalise their fees with those of domestic students

About the project

UBC Okanagan was founded in Kelowna in 2005 as the second campus of the University of British Columbia, one of the leading research-intensive universities in Canada. In addition to being the traditional unceded territory of the Sylix and Nlaka’pamux First Nations, the Okanagan Valley is characterised by a shrub steppe biome and Mediterranean climate that is common in the USA, but restricted to the Southern Interior of British Columbia north of the border. This bioregional peculiarity, and the cultural phenomena that respond to and reshape it, is the topic of the research project, ‘Kelownafornia: Cultures of Nature in the Okanagan Valley’. The research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and led by Dr Greg Garrard, Professor of Environmental Humanities.

This multidisciplinary project is centred in the environmental humanities, which includes environmentally-oriented literary and cultural studies (ecocriticism), history, philosophy, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, and related fields. MA/PhD applicants are sought from any of these disciplines, or interdisciplinary Environmental Studies backgrounds, to undertake research in four possible themes:

  1. Representing the Okanagan as a tourist destination.
  2. A cultural and environmental history of wildfire in the region.
  3. A cultural analysis of the controversial South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve, and related issues about endangered species.
  4. An empirical study of landscape aesthetics in various demographic groups in the Okanagan.

Training in research methods appropriate to each theme will be provided.

Learn more about Dr. Garrard and this project in this Faculty Spotlight. 

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